Monday Bites: literary duels, giant guinea pigs, poets being selfish, pynchon reviews, daria, david cronenberg picks delillo’s worst book

Good morning! Did you know that Dostoevsky once challenged Turgenev to a duel? I ask, with swords?? Do famous writers still duel? Norman Mailer probably did. And Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez sort of managed, although it was more of a one-punch deal. On literary feuds.

  • The Daily Beast interviews Jeffrey Eugenides, who was fired from his desk job at the Academy of American Poets for writing parts of The Virgin Suicides on the job. While I’m sure the paperwork needed to be done, shouldn’t the poets have been a little more supportive? Like how Clif Bar offers their employees two and a half hours per week of on-the-clock workouts? Lit organizations should offer paid novel writing time. Or maybe just an extended lunch hour.